William King

July 6, 1945March 4, 2014
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William Clyde King, PhD, 68, of Brewster died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Cape Cod Hospital after a brief and sudden illness. He was the son of Martha Stoddard and the Reverend John King. He is survived by a large and loving family: including his wife, Virginia Judson Iannini, sons Thomas and Daniel, and his grandson William. Dr. King graduated from Braintree High School, Oberlin College and received his PhD in anthropology from Northwestern University. Bill lived for a time in California and taught at Cal State Northridge. He then moved to Pittsburgh where he taught at the University of Pittsburgh. He had a successful career as a consultant. Upon his retirement, he served as Chairman of the Bradley Center, a youth home in Pittsburgh. He was an avid collector of everything, but especially cars, baseball cards, wines, and art. He has over the years donated pieces of his art collection to the Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College and the Brewster Ladies’ Library. He moved to Cape Cod full time in 2004. In the last few years he has served on the board of Friends of Pleasant Bay, was the President of the Sears Point Condominium Association and had recently been appointed Chair of the Brewster Health and Human Services committee. Four years ago he returned to duplicate bridge. He and Ginny played as a successful partnership in tournaments all over New England. He loved his family and friends and they loved him back.

Memorial contributions can be made toward the Brewster Historical Society purchase of the Elijah Cobb house,, click the ‘New Home Fund’ on the homepage.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4p-7p on Thursday, March 6th at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30a on Friday, March 7th at Nickerson Funeral Home, Orleans. Burial will be at a later date.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 6, 2014
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 7, 2014

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Jim Smith

November 10, 2014

Bill was a professor of mine at Cal State, Northridge, and later became a friend. He was without a doubt the best, and most accessible, teacher that I had while working on my Masters. Sorry to hear he's off on the Great Adventure before I had a chance to talk with him once more.

May 18, 2014

Having just found out about Bill's death recently, I'd like to echo the sentiments below. While I did not know him well, I really enjoyed the times we got to talk at bridge tournaments.

-Cathy Cooper

March 23, 2014


Please accept my sincerest sympathies for your loss. I really enjoyed the few conversations that Bill and I shared at bridge tournaments.

Luke Gillespie

March 16, 2014

I have such good memories of Billy! He was much smarter than I was in High School and I hated that!
Rest in peace. Dianne Smiley Kearns

Elaine Frazier Wheaton

March 16, 2014

So very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Please accept sincere sympathy and condolences from the Braintree High School Class of 1963.

Mary Jo and Jack Neff

March 6, 2014

Our sympathy to Ginny and Bill's family. We have happy memories of time spent with Bill in Florida as we sat by the Sand Piper pool.

March 6, 2014

Dear Ginny,
Thinking of you. So very sorry for your loss. We too will miss Bill.
Most Sincerely, Jim & Denise Tullis Zongas

March 6, 2014

I can see that he loved life and lived it fully. Elizabeth Pratt

The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home

March 4, 2014

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.